Ms Gladys Mathoho (left) from the sponsors hands over a cheque to the captain of Freedom Rebels, Ndidofelavhone Mphadi (second from right), while Mr Ephraim Singo (right) and the children from the Mathoho family look on.
Mbahe Freedom Rebels are still in celebratory mood. They were crowned the 2021 Mpho Mathoho Electrical KO Competition champions at the Tshifudi Stadium last Thursday. This after they beat Limpopo Silver Stars Soccer Academy 8-7 in the final.
Freedom Rebels were presented with cash prize of R15 000, a floating trophy, gold medals and soccer kit during a ceremony held at the stadium shortly after the final whistle. Freedom Rebels’ way to the final went via Dzwerani United Brothers, whom they beat 2-1 at the same venue two weeks ago.
Limpopo Silver Stars Soccer Academy took home R10 000, silver medals and a soccer kit. Silver Stars beat Citizens FC 5-3 in their semi-final match at the same venue a fortnight ago.
Dzwerani United Brothers obtained the third place. They took home R7 000, a soccer kit and bronze medals. Dzwerani United Brothers beat Citizens FC 3-2 in their losers’ final match, which was also played at the same venue earlier that day. Citizens FC received R5 000 and a soccer kit during the ceremony.
Teams booted out of the competition in the quarterfinal stage, Bashasha Terror Masters, Bashasha Hungry Lions, Makonde FC and Mutale Vikings, were each presented with a consolation prize of R1 000 and a soccer ball.
During the ceremony, the chairman of the Thulamela Local Football Association (Thulfa), Mr Ephraim Singo, thanked the Mpho Mathoho family for sponsoring the association to the tune of R80 000. He criticised the conduct of one of the teams, Ngovhela Backside FC, who fielded a number of improperly registered players in their quarter-final match against Limpopo Silver Stars Soccer Academy at the Makhuvha Stadium last month. Ngovhela Backside FC were dismissed from the competition as a consequence.
Date:23 December 2021 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.